Robert Herbin – Saint-Etienne
One mistake that OGC Nice might never forget was rejecting Robert Herbin as a youngster. The utility player was recruited by Saint-Étienne in 1957.
As a player, he got five league titles and three Coupe de France cups. Not bad, then within four years of his last trophy as a player, he got three straight league cups as a coach. Achieved the Coupe de France in three out of four years, a place in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich and another league title in 1981 and we have one of the most dedicated men in French football history.
Combined youth with talents such as Michel Platini and Dominique Rocheteau, the red-haired coach had an amazing 11-year working at the Stadium Geoffroy-Guichard, until he left for long-time rivals Lyon in 1983. Karma struck though, and he couldn’t get them out of relegation.
He also was recorded as the only coach in modern football to score a goal. At the end of the 1974-75 campaign, after his 36th birthday, and with Sainté already became champions, he played at full-back position and scored from the spot in a win over Troyes.
Didier Deschamps – France
He was the well-known water-carrier of the French national team. His career includes lifting the World Cup on home soil in 1998, then his managerial exploits, he definitely made effort.
With AS Monaco, he got the Coupe de la Ligue in 2003 and then with an excellent team, consisting of Ludovic Giuly, Jérôme Rothen, and Fernando Morientes, he led them all the way to the Champions League final. Only to be defeated 3-1 by Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto.
Juventus fans won’t always forget how fondly he guid them out of Serie B in 2007, but it was back in his home country that he really shone. Before PSG’s dominance, he led Marseille win Ligue 1 in 2010, then three straight Coupe de la Ligue titles.
His biggest success has come with the national team as Deschamps had to rejuvenate the team after Raymond Domenech and Laurent Blanc.
Harmony, no drama and a blend of youth an experience which were the first signs of progress he made in Brazil, but after falling at the final hurdle during Euro 2016, France proved they were finally free of the ghosts of 2010.